Ted Cruz’s Official Twitter Account Liked A Porn Tweet, Twitter Responds

Sen. Ted Cruz’s official twitter account was revealed to have “liked” a pornographic video late Monday night.

Speaking to a reporter on Capitol Hill, the Texas senator claimed the tweet was the result of a “staffing issue,” blaming a staffer with access to his Twitter account for accidentally liking the sexually explicit tweet.

“It appears that someone inadvertently hit the like button,” Cruz said.

“When we discovered the post, which was I guess an hour or two later, we pulled it down. It was a staffing issue. And it was inadvertent, it was a mistake. It was not a deliberate act. We’re dealing with internally, but it was a mistake. It was not malicious.”

The film was posted by “Sexuall Posts” and watermarked by Reality Kinds, a hardcore porn production company. The tweet was unliked within a few hours.

Back when Cruz was the solicitor general for the state of Texas, he helped write a 76-page legal brief defending the Lone Star State’s ban on the sale of sex toys.

In the 2007 brief for the case, Cruz was tasked with defending a state law banning the sale and advertisement of sex toys—or “obscene devices,” as he called them—an offense then punishable by up to two years in jail.

The argument was ultimately shot down by an appellate court.

Catherine Fraizer, Cruz’s senior communication advisor, responded to the “like” on Tuesday, tweeting:

The twitter page @SexuallPosts has updated its bio to “follow the same porn @TedCruz watches.”

The moment traveled quickly on social media: